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Aug. 22, 2008
Contact: Jill Jess, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

U.S. News ranks KU among top 50 public universities

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas once again ranks among the country’s top 50 public universities, according to U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2009 issue.

KU ranks 40th among 164 top public institutions in the magazine’s most recent issue. The magazine’s rankings are based on a survey of top university administrators, retention rates, graduation rates, faculty resources, selectivity of admissions, per-student financial resources and alumni giving rate. In the survey of top university administrators, KU ranks 30th among public universities.

KU’s School of Engineering ranked 41st among public schools.

The university already has received top national rankings this year from the Fiske Guide for Colleges 2009, which noted: “With relatively low tuition, (KU’s) academic value is also hard to top.”

Earlier this year, U.S. News announced KU has 44 nationally ranked graduate programs. Those in the top 30 among public universities are:

1. City Management and Urban Policy (master)
1. Special Education (master/doctorate)
2. Community Health (master/doctorate)
2. Occupational Therapy (master/doctorate)
3. Paleontology (doctorate)
3. Public Management Administration (master)
4. Public Affairs (master)
4. Speech-Language-Pathology (master)
7. Audiology (doctorate)
9. Nursing-Midwifery (master)
9. Petroleum Engineering (master/doctorate)
9. Public Finance & Budgeting (master)
11. Social Work (master)
12. Music (master)
12. Physical Therapy (master/doctorate)
13. Clinical Child Psychology (doctorate)
13. School of Education (master/doctorate)
14. Rural Medicine (MD)
18. Clinical Psychology (doctorate)
18. Pharmacy (PharmD)
19. Student Counseling & Personnel Mgmt (doctorate)
22. Healthcare Management (master)
23. Drama/Theatre (master)
24. Aerospace Engineering (master/doctorate)
24. History (doctorate)
25. Nursing-Anesthesia (master)
26. Fine Arts (master)
28. Nursing (master)
30. Biological Sciences (doctorate)
30. Medical School-Primary Care (MD)
30. Political Science (doctorate)

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